Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs.
Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania's land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. There are 16 national Parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas.
Saadani National Park
Located in the center of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, Saadani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. The climate is coastal, hot and humid. It offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland plant life, and animal life in a beautiful setting. About 30 species of larger mammals are present as well as numerous reptiles and birds. Besides many species of fish (over 40), green turtles, humpback whales and dolphins occur in the Indian Ocean nearby.